Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bohol to keep anti-drug drive
Momentum, even sans police

TAGBILARAN CITY, January 31 (PIA)—There is no stopping now. 
The fight against drugs has gone way too far for Bohol that even with the suspension of police anti-drug operations which leaves the fight in the hands of a handful narcotics agents, Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto is determined to keep the momentum going and recruits Boholanos to fill in the vacuum.

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting January 31 inside the People’s Mansion Conference Hall, Chatto told members that in lieu of the suspension of police operations against drugs, he would be issuing a memorandum to local chief executives from mayors to barangay chairmen to continue the campaign.

The governor, presided the meeting said in the height of the Philippine National Police (PNP) directives on the suspension of the Oplan Double Barrel Alpha, also known as TokHang, urges everyone, “we will continue.”

The PNP through Chief Ronald dela Rosa has ordered the immediate suspension of the police operations as an offshoot of the need to clear the ranks of the PNP from the rotten officers who smeared bad image to the organization.

Coincident with the suspension, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) now takes the full load of the burden as the agency mandated to lead in the fight against illegal substances.

Chatto however pointed out that even with the set-up that PDEA collaborates with the law enforcement agencies, the move has been very effective.

While the biggest bulk of victories against drugs is largely credited to police operations, the governor pointed out that sustainability in the fight can not be assured with only the police working.

We must involve the community, the barangays, puroks, the church leaders and faith-based groups in the fight as we expect this to sustain with the community, he shared during the meeting.

The same meeting had Diocese of Tagbilaran Bishop Alberto Uy and Talibon Bishop Daniel Patrick Parcon attending.

The PPOC also adopted a community based drug rehabilitation without walls as an adoption of the best practices in drug rehabilitation including the ones used in Talibon, Argao and other places implementing drug rehabilitation.

Bishop Uy, in his short message stressed that drug problem is our problem and it is not a simple problem it needs complex multi-faceted solutions, thus they run the Talibon Drug rehab program.

Talibon Drug Rehab without walls worked with poverty, and without any experts, but with the church, government, faith based groups, we did what we could do, bishop Uy, who used to be vicar in Talibon before his papal appointment to the seat in Tagbilaran added.

On his part, Talibon Bishop Parcon, in a bid to rally for more support to the campaign against drugs said, “our silence will become a problem.”

Governor Chatto is set to appeal to mayors and barangay captains convening soon, to join the drive, even as League of Municipalities of the Philippines Bohol Chapter president and Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas assured the strong league’s support to give traction to the drive. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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